Skirting boards have not been lifted whilst fitting floor boards

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Found 12th Feb
Fitter half way through fitting glued down floor boards, however the edging has gaps. He says I need to get edging, I can't go through the expense and headache of getting them all lifted and starting with someone else. Is the best remedy edging/beading? Thanks

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Mine have beading at the ends and it makes a huge difference but he should have done that...have you paid him in full if not make him do it and you just get the beading materials for him

A decent tradesman surely would have went through your options prior to commencing the work?

You should have been given the option to remove and re-install/renew skirtings to give the best finish, OR the option of applying a bead if skirtings were to remain.

This doesn't help your dilemma of course, if your adamant you don't want them lifted, then a beading afterwards is the best option to give a tidy the expansion gap that seems to have been left.

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You've been done.
He won't be back.

Should have been able to fit boards under skirting? Anyway, removing skirting could of made a real mess of walls so I'm not surprised they were left on. Normally there should be a gap under skirting to allow the carpet to fit under after riding over the gripper, although I don't always see this as skirting is often fitted tight to floor boards which is wrong. Are you saying there is a large gap? He's cut boards short around edges?

Original Poster

I agree, but I can't change them now, so it a a matter of damage control. Until I save for it all to be redone in a few yrs time again..so to answer your q. Yes they're short around edges plus on left hand wall, hence I'm seeing no alternative to beading..

Original Poster

Btw can boards glued down to ply be lifted off easily? It's luxury vinyl tiles

You can still salvage them possibly. Using a multi-tool you can cut the bottom edge of the skirting and slide the boards under.

Beading is a DIY bodge - it looks horrendous. Although if he's charging a pittance to do it you should expect corners to be cut.

A professional floor fitter will have a special saw that would just run on the floor and cut the required amount off the bottom of your skirting.

All flooring needs gap to allow for expansion. It will ride up on warm days if not. What your saying is the skirting should have been removed then replaced to hide the floor gap . If fitter removed skirting then walls would needed to be made good, although that's a unknown amount of working I guess, depending on the amount of damage to wood and walls. Should have been talked through though. Hope you get it sorted
Edited by: "wayners" 13th Feb

Using a trim bead to hide the expansion gap is standard for all floor fitters. Removing your skirting or using a jamb saw to cut the bottoms off is a much bigger job. Are you paying him enough to do all this extra work? Do you expect him to make good the décor if he takes them off to raise them because doing this makes a real mess.
I don't think a floor fitter would be expected to do all this without you asking him to quote for it. Did you ask him? If not, I'm not surprised he's doing what he's doing.

Obviously the decorating isnt going to be included unless specified but surely doing the job properly is a prerequisite unless he said we'll you could save a few £s if I do it this way

sam_m

Btw can boards glued down to ply be lifted off easily? It's luxury vinyl … Btw can boards glued down to ply be lifted off easily? It's luxury vinyl tiles




I am confussed now!

are you talking about glue jointed maninate flooring or physically glued to plywood sub-floor, floor boards which are then covered by luxury vinyl tiles?

maybe a photo or two would help us to help you !

EliTom

Rich44

Obviously the decorating isnt going to be included unless specified but … Obviously the decorating isnt going to be included unless specified but surely doing the job properly is a prerequisite unless he said we'll you could save a few £s if I do it this way



​skirting is rarely taken off to fit flooring unless u specifiy u want it changed as taking it off its not going to just go back on as easily most probably would get damaged anyway as most older houses it's been there for over 50 60 years probably since the house was built. just get the edging bead put on job done I expect u paid somewhere between 100-200 max for 1 room depending on its size having the skirting removed and new one refitted would probably be another 100 quid on top on its own.

Edging/Beading is fine, alot of people have it for floating flooring. It just makes it easier/quicker to get the flooring up and put down new.
Removing skirting and replacing, patching, chaulking, painting is more labour intensive.
I would expect the flooring to slide under the door frame though.

I think it's a personal thing and it's not something I personally like as it looks like a fix.

As others have said it should have been discussed, but you would be very lucky to take off the skirting board without damaging it, so you would have to replace it anyway.
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